On October 11, 2023, Neo Financial was recognized with the Scaleup of the Year Award as part of the 2023 Start Alberta Tech Awards. The Scaleup of the Year award recognizes one of Alberta’s scaling/later-stage companies that is having a positive impact on the Alberta tech ecosystem.
Neo Financial is reinventing how Canadians spend, save, and grow their money. Founded in 2019 in Calgary, the company now employs over 800 employees. Neo Financial has shown tremendous growth in the past few years. Last year, it raised $185M CAD in its Series C fundraising round, earning it the coveted “unicorn” status.
“When people talk about Alberta, I say you have to come out and see it for yourself. Because there really is no other place that is so great to start a company, to scale a company, to call home and to raise a family,” said Jeff Adamson, Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships.
While the Calgary FinTech continues to scale in both revenue and employees, Neo is also working to attract and keep tech talent in the Alberta ecosystem. As the primary organizer of Tech Thursday, a weekly event to bring the Calgary tech community together, the events give exposure to smaller startups, space to network with senior peers and support professional development for Alberta’s tech talent.
With its commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own workforce and recruitment practices, Neo also supports a number of other community groups and initiatives including the 2023 Women Techmakers YYC conference as well as the upcoming Women in AI conference in Calgary.
“When you get some recognition from the community, it makes you feel like there are other people that have your back. And that is so important in growing a company because when the going gets tough, having a community around you that says, you’re doing the right thing, well done. It really helps keep you going. On behalf of everyone from Neo, we’re incredibly grateful to be a part of this ecosystem and we’re grateful to be recognized.” said Jeff.
Keep track of Neo Financial in the Start Alberta database.
The Scaleup of the Year award is generously sponsored by Osler, Hoskin, and Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading business law firm recognized for providing business-critical advice and counsel in key industry sectors and in transactions and litigation for some of the world’s largest enterprises. Osler has offices across Canada in Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa and Vancouver and an office in New York.
Start Alberta is committed to helping the businesses and communities within our province’s tech sector thrive and grow. Since 2018, the Start Alberta Tech Awards have recognized individuals and organizations for their contributions to Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and those significantly impacting the province’s tech sector. The Start Alberta Platform connects our province’s innovation and tech ecosystem with data to help investors, entrepreneurs and policymakers with the insights needed to make their next, big move.
View the full list of 2023 Tech Award winners.